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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Architectural Improvement

Summary

Type Landscape

     This was part of an architectural improvement programme to enhance the entrance to the town. The various elements of this piece of town landscaping include a set of curvilinear steps, a red sandstone wall with a flowing sculptural line, and a network of pathways that instil a sense of the Mediterranean. A tablet above a bricked up archway, whose purpose is undocumented, commemorates the designer of the architecture.
     As the tablet records, this scheme was commissioned to improve the appearance of the approach to the town, and also provided work for the unemployed in the area.
    

Inscriptions

On stone tablet, in capitals: Halesowen Rural District Council/ 1909/ This tablet is erected/ to the memory of the late surveyor/ Mr. William Whitworth/ who designed this improvement which was carried/ out by the Council during the depression of trade/ to assist the unemployed and to beautify the/ approach to the town./ Members of the Council/ Frank Hipkiss (Chairman)/ Emma M. Finney George Hadley/ John Bloomer Thomas Hodgetts/ Fred E. Cutler Benjamin Masland/ John B. Downing George B. Parkes/ William Green Benjamin Southhall/ E. H. Grove (Clerk) F. Alfred (Surveyor)/ (These names in two columns)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Whitworth, William Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Wall and architecture Local red sandstone None
Commemorative Tablet Stone 90cm high x 110cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduHAdl003 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
Structural condition
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
Vandalism
  • None
Road Whitehall Road
Precise location Junction of Whitehall Road with The Rumbow
A-Z ref 85 3H
OS ref SJ966835
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1909
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Halesowen Rural District Council
Duty of care Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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